The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) up till September 17 to submit its list of candidate for the Anambra Governorship poll in November.
Two candidates-Tony Nwoye and Dr. Andy Uba- had emerged from parallel primaries conducted by two different state executive committees of the party.
While Uba emerged as the candidate of the INEC recognized Ejike Oguebego faction of the PDP in Anambra State, Nwoye secured his ticket from Ken Emekayi’s faction which was endorsed by the National Secretariat of the party.
Although the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has, however, forwarded Nwoye’s name to the INEC on August 29th, the electoral agency has reservation in collecting his nomination form.
But in a letter signed by the INEC Secretary, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu, the INEC gave the PDP up till September 17 to resolve the stalemate.
The letter was copied to other parties participating in the Anambra poll despite the fact that they have no issue with their candidates.
The letter, which was exclusively obtained by our correspondent, reads: “Following the conclusion of party primaries on September 2, 2013, political parties are reminded on the following procedures for submission of the list of candidates each political party proposes to sponsor at the election:
“Every political party shall submit the list of the candidates the party proposes to sponsor in Form CF 002 duly signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of the political party
“The list should be accompanied with a covering letter duly signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of the political party together with the affidavit of personal particulars of each candidate duly sworn before the prescribed Commissioner for Oaths.
“All submissions to the commission shall first be made to the Department of Elections and Party Monitoring for clearance at the headquarters of the commission at Maitama, Abuja, on or before September 17, 2013.
“No submission made to the commission later than 6.00pm on September 17, 2013 shall be accepted.
“Upon clearance, the submission shall thereafter be forwarded to the Legal Services Department where the submissions shall be acknowledged and copy of the acknowledgement issued to the political party.
“Political parties are particularly advised to note that where there is a court order in respect of the nomination of any candidate the political party shall be guided by the order at the time of submission.”